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Durham University

Van Mildert College

Middle Common Room (MCR)

Welcome to Van Mildert College MCR

The MCR in Van Mildert represents a diverse body of postgraduate students, some of whom are recent graduates of the College and others who are new to Durham as postgraduates. The primary aim of the MCR is to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere for postgraduate students within the College.

As a body of around 90 students, the MCR actively takes part in many college events as well as organising our own. Most recently, the MCR have been involved in a trip to Roseberry Topping, several Inter-MCR Formals, a cake stand at Mildert Day, a Postgraduate Discussion Forum and several meals out in Durham. Aside from this, numerous impromtu trips to the College Bar or to see a film in town make the MCR a lively community!

Whilst it is recognised that members of the MCR often lead hectic schedules unique to postgraduate study, we also believe that our interaction with both the JCR and the SCR is vitally important for our development. JCR Bops and Balls are regularly attended by members of the MCR and Formal Dinners are also a popular event. In addition, there is often a large number of postgraduates attending SCR events, such as the Wednesday SCR Buffet.

As with the JCR, some of the MCR live in College and some live out. The majority of those who choose to live in College live on the Top Floor of the Deerness building and this encourages the formation of a strong MCR spirit within the College, which remains even when the JCR leave during vacations. There are also opportunities for postgraduates to become Resident Tutors in College if they wish to do so.

Whether you are considering joining Van Mildert as a PGCE, Masters or PhD student, the MCR will make sure you receive a very warm Mildert welcome! The MCR Committee and all current students look forward to meeting you.